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Professor of Ichthyology

Scripps Institution of Oceanography
La Jolla, CA
Closing Date

The Scripps Institution of Oceanography invites applicants whose research focuses on the biology of marine fishes for an assistant, associate or full professorial position. Possible research areas include (but are not limited to) evolution, comparative morphology, phylogenetics, biogeography, speciation, genetics, genomics, behavior, ecology, and physiology. The successful candidate will have the ability to interact with colleagues at SIO and other departments within the large and dynamic UCSD campus. We seek applicants with the expertise and desire to teach at the undergraduate and graduate level, including a core graduate course on fish diversity.

The successful candidate will be expected to serve as the faculty Curator of the SIO Marine Vertebrate Collection (MVC), for which there is additional salary compensation. Previous curator/collections experience is preferred but not required. The MVC is among the world's preeminent collections of marine fishes maintaining approximately two million alcohol-preserved specimens in over 120,000 lots, representing nearly 6,000 species. It includes worldwide holdings of deep-sea and pelagic fishes as well as extensive holdings of coastal fishes from the entire eastern Pacific. The MVC supports scientific research by providing specimens for studies on fish biology and evolution and plays an integral role in the support of research and graduate and undergraduate education at SIO. The faculty Curator oversees the MVC’s full-time collection manager, actively uses the collection in their research and teaching, and devotes time to raising financial support for the collection.


A Ph.D. in Biology, or equivalent degree, in a relevant field is required at the time of application.

Candidates will be evaluated on their potential (Assistant Professor) or documented (Associate or Full Professor) ability to establish a vigorous research program, provide intellectual leadership in their field, acquire extramural funds, teach and mentor graduate students, teach in the marine biology undergraduate major, and help build an equitable and diverse scholarly environment. Rank of appointment and salary is commensurate with qualifications and based on University of California pay scales. A Ph.D. in Biology, or equivalent degree, in a relevant field is required at the time of application.

We understand that the COVID-19 pandemic may have had a substantial impact on academic productivity. In our academic hiring processes, we will be keeping this in mind as we consider achievement relative to opportunity. We encourage you to reflect on constraints on opportunity in your field that were caused by the events of the pandemic and where applicable, to discuss your achievements in this light.

To Apply

The Assistant and Associate Professor positions each require a separate application. Candidates who feel they are competitive in either category are encouraged to submit two applications, one for the Assistant and one for the Associate Professor position.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. For new University of California employees, the applicable deadline is eight weeks after their first date of employment.

The University of California, San Diego is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, covered veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

Other Information

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